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    Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 7:27am
So I'm getting a little tired of wearing my natural hair out and I'm looking into an alternative (mostly braiding it up and wigging it or bi-weekly roller sets). I was trolling through YT recently and saw something from Shea Moisture and Beautiful Textures. Has anyone used

<--- this or

this yet?

I think these have been out for a while now and I've seen mostly positive reviews so far but they were mostly first impressions. I am very curious to see how well this works on our hair and whether or not this could be a tool in avoiding heat dmg.


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I haven't used this product, but let me link you to thread from awhile ago where one user on here revealed that basically this product is a texturizer. The company is purposely using deceiving marketing to make you think it doesn't alter your texture. Notice how it says you must grow out the effects of the treatment.

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/oh-shea-moisture_topic368770.html


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Originally posted by pinkecube pinkecube wrote:

I haven't used this product, but let me link you to thread from awhile ago where one user on here revealed that basically this product is a texturizer. The company is purposely using deceiving marketing to make you think it doesn't alter your texture. Notice how it says you must grow out the effects of the treatment.

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/oh-shea-moisture_topic368770.html


omg, I had forgotten about that post! I even commented on it towards the beginning. Definitely gotta rem to stay away from the shea moisture stuff.
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You can straighten your hair without a "system", use the shampoo, conditioner, heat protectant & deep conditioner you already have. This stuff is either one thing or the other 1. A texturizer 2. Regular old conditioner etc with a special name & packaging.

Sort of off topic rant but

I wore my hair straight for years no relaxer and never used anything like this and it was bone straight every time and lasted long. People are just uneducated & lazy & these companies take advantage of that by trying to sell you a dream in a box and getting your money. It's not hard to straighten natural hair & it isn't unmanageable. Some stylists are lazy & have terrible techniques & aren't skilled/knowledgeable in caring for anything but straight relaxed hair.


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I think i saw a thread of someone getting good results with using braggs liquid aminos to flat iron their hair. I'll try and post here

Amino Acids for pressing hair


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it looks to me now like its just a bunch of silicone or similar laden products to coat the hair. 


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If your worried about heat damage.  There are a few ways to straighten our hair without heat.  The methods mostly involve some type of roller set done over night instead of sitting under a dryer.

 
If you want a look that is straighter than a roller set you could always wrap the hair afterwards to get a smoother look. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Kocoa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 6:06pm
The reason why I'm looking at these systems is that I don't want to keep having to flat iron my hair. I'm in Australia and there is a huge dearth of good black ppl/afro hair products here. I can flat iron but getting that bish to stay down for at least a week is getting harder and harder to do now that it's this long and my routine takes dang near a whole wknd (actual straightening takes 4-5 hrs). None of the antihumectants work in my hair. I was even in the Aveda shop recently to price check the antihumectant pomade and they wanted $45 (hahaha-no!). I already know about roller setting but magnetic rollers aren't really available here either (everyone loves the stupid caruso and velco rollers though *sigh*). I didn't mind too much before because I used to go home regularly but airfare is pretty obscenely expensive & shipping is not much better so I'm pretty much left scrambling to work with what little I've got.


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Originally posted by Kocoa Kocoa wrote:

The reason why I'm looking at these systems is that I don't want to keep having to flat iron my hair. I'm in Australia and there is a huge dearth of good black ppl/afro hair products here. I can flat iron but getting that bish to stay down for at least a week is getting harder and harder to do now that it's this long and my routine takes dang near a whole wknd (actual straightening takes 4-5 hrs). None of the antihumectants work in my hair. I was even in the Aveda shop recently to price check the antihumectant pomade and they wanted $45 (hahaha-no!). I already know about roller setting but magnetic rollers aren't really available here either (everyone loves the stupid caruso and velco rollers though *sigh*). I didn't mind too much before because I used to go home regularly but airfare is pretty obscenely expensive & shipping is not much better so I'm pretty much left scrambling to work with what little I've got.


After reading the post

http://forum.blackhairmedia.com/amino-acids-for-pressing-hairomgamazing_topic354323.html

It seems like a really good technique. She clarifies with a bakingsoda mixture(but i would say put an oz or 2 of conditioner mixed in as well instead of only distilled water), and then puts amino acids to straighten it. You might want to read into it and try it out.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote rell85 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Apr 15 2014 at 10:00pm
I like got2b keraflat

It works best using the tension method to blow dry then when it's time to flat irom use small section. I also use any keratin shampoo and conditioner to make the hair smooth and straighter. About three days later i like to apply a anti frizz serum to ends only.

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